Lunch and Learn– Building Resilience for Project Managers

Resilience is a personal quality which draws on the wisdom found in religion and philosophy, as well as behavioural science. The presentation will explain the roles of the amygdalae, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex of the brain in processing information, dealing with stress; and the concept of neuroplasticity, i.e. the ability of the brain to repair itself. The symptoms of burnout and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) will be described, as well as a history of their treatment, with a view to identifying “who is vulnerable?” and what can be done to mitigate the pernicious effects of stress on individuals and within organizations. The presentation will be grounded with a personal description of the presenter’s acquaintance with resilience, followed by several case studies from the rich resilience literature found in war, politics, and business. The presentation concludes with practical resilience building strategies grounded in religion, philosophy, and behavioural science.

Presenter: Ian MacVicar, CD, DSS, MDS, MA Intl Affairs, BA (Hon.), BA, pcsc, plsc

Venue: Royal Artillery Park, 1575 Queen Street, Halifax, NS Date: 23 May 2018


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Dr. Ian MacVicar is the Director and Principal Analyst of Ian MacVicar Universal Security Intelligence Cognitive Solutions (I-MUSICS) Consulting, Inc., which is based on networked consultants from military, police, business, and healthcare backgrounds. Dr. MacVicar is also a Royal United Services Institute Nova Scotia (RUSI (NS)) Research Fellow, where he specializes in intelligence and security policy issues. His 2015 doctoral dissertation, entitled Applying Foresight: On Anticipating Unintended Consequences in Internal Security, examined internal security law and executive measures in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States between 1914 and 2015. Dr. MacVicar has presented his research on cognitive traps (i.e. distortions in thinking) in security planning at conferences in the United Kingdom and Canada. He is a lecturer with the Seniors’ College Association of Nova Scotia (SCANS), specializing in the history of intelligence, espionage, and associated legal oversight regimes. He has published articles on leadership and human security and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine. Ian has also presented on developing resilience in leaders and within organizations. Dr. MacVicar has a book chapter and several articles concerning his doctoral research in the prepublication stage in Canada and the United Kingdom. Lieutenant-Colonel MacVicar continues to serve in the Reserve Army (after 33 years, including six years deployed, in the Regular Force) as the Senior Reserve Advisor (Operations & Training) in 5th Canadian Division. He is one of 12 graduates of the 2017 Dalhousie University/Veteran Trainers to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers (VTECS) program under the auspices of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative and Wounded Warriors Canada, where his research includes developing doctrine and intelligence processes to address the phenomenon of child soldiers. His professional associations include the Association of Canadian Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosives (CBRNE) Technicians, the Canadian Military Intelligence Association, the Canadian Forces Dragon Soldier Society, U.S. National Honor Society Omicron Sigma Sigma Order of the Sword & Shield, Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society, and the International Association For Intelligence Education. 

Event Properties

Event Date 05-23-2018 12:00 pm
Event End Date 05-23-2018 1:00 pm
Registration Start Date 04-29-2018
Capacity 40
Cut off date 05-23-2018 10:00 am
Individual Price Free
Location Royal Artillery Park Officers Mess
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